Proactive School Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning

by Kenneth Trump

Number of pages: 328

Publisher: Crown

BBB Library: Education, Operations Management

ISBN: 9781412974318

About the Author

He’s the President of National School Safety and Security Services, a firm specializing in school security and emergency preparedness training and consulting.


Editorial Review

Effectively managing school safety requires the combined skills of a juggler and tightrope walker. School administrators must juggle school safety and the many other aspects of leading schools: Academics, facilities, finances, district politics, school-community relations. They must also walk a tightrope by beefing up security and preparedness for an emergency while maintaining a supportive environment where students feel they are a part of the school, teachers can focus on academics, parents feel welcome as visitors and volunteers, and the school is part of the broader community.

Book Reviews

"Ken Trump’s newest book: A comprehensive, practical resource for best practices in school safety, security, emergency / crisis planning. Topics range from prevention to preparedness with new chapters and sub-chapters on current issues and hot topics in school safety." - National School Safety and Security

"The information in this landmark book will reduce school violence and save lives. I recommend it with the highest possible praise." - Corwin

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Wisdom to Share

School leaders face a tense struggle between maintaining welcoming and supportive schools with a positive climate for students while also keeping schools safe, secure, and prepared for managing crises that cannot be prevented.

Academic research is sorely lacking on school security and emergency preparedness issues, not just prevention and intervention programs.

School safety therefore contributes to the operational continuity of our schools, and in turn the continuity of the economic engine the education industry plays in the economy.

Schools need to strengthen their capacity to prevent, manage, and recover from school crises

Perception can often turn into reality when left unchecked, and school administrators should ensure that they communicate about school safety accurately, clearly, and regularly.

Showing competence and expertise, and remaining honest and open, are guiding principles for successful communications through a crisis.

Giving recommendations for where to start is not too difficult depending on where the people asking the question actually are in the process. Knowing when enough is enough, however, is the more difficult task.

No person can perfectly script every possible crisis, but having no guidelines at all in today’s education world could legitimately be considered as negligence.